How to Knit a Heart Back Home: A Cypress Hollow Yarn
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How to Knit a Heart Back Home: A Cypress Hollow Yarn (Cypress Hollow Yarn #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  795 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Lucy Harrison sells books by day and volunteers with the Cypress Hollow fire department by night. Her life is just the way she likes it—full, even-keeled, and smooth—until bad-boy ex-cop Owen Bancroft comes back to town. Lucy has always been fearless, never scared about diving in to help others. When it comes to risking her heart, however, she realizes she's absolutely ter...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2011)
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sarah b.
I might be a bit partial since I think Rachael is pretty awesome, but I am not a romance girl. Or at least I didn't think I was until I read her first book. Her version of romance is suspenseful, sometimes intense, and written in a way that allows for strong male and female characters. The fact that knitting is woven in without being forced is just a bonus!
Mar 31, 2011 Christi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers, knitters who love romance
Shelves: 2011-reads
I really shouldn't judge a book by its cover. But I get lured in by cute artwork - especially when browsing the recently returned but not yet shelved cart at the library.

Picked this one up on Saturday based on the knitted heart. Didn't know it would be a romance novel. Not really my thing. Like another reviewer said, it was like a bad Harlequin romance from the 80s. There was no spark between the two characters. More like they were the only two single people in the story so they HAD to hook up,...more
I really enjoyed this book and I'm not just saying that because I won a galley from the author (Hi Rachel!)

This book brings us back to Cypress Hollow with the story of Lucy & Owen. A bad boy ex-cop struggling to redefine his identity and a bookseller with some issues of her own.

Toots was by far my favorite character and she had me cracking up anytime she showed up in the story! Lucy on the other had - while I did like her over all - there were a few moments when I just wanted to smack her u...more
Lucy Harrison’s life was irrevocably changed and set when she kissed Cypress Hollow’s resident bad boy, Owen Bancroft. She may have been only seventeen, and he did leave the very next day . . . but that kiss proved to be the standard by which all of Lucy’s other kisses have been measured. And, unfortunately, Owen set the norm for men in her life who love her and leave her.

But that’s okay. Lucy has come to accept the fact that she will always be alone. She will find joy and happiness in running t...more
How could I not like a book that describes it's main characters romantic interest as being like Matt Dillon's character, Dally in The Outsiders!! Rachael Herron has done it again. She has successfully woven (no pun intended) knitting into a romance. Lucy runs a book shop, The Book Spire in the small town of Cypress Hollow. Her life isn't that exciting until Owen Bancroft walks back into her life. Owen was the highschool kiss she never forgot - but was it the same for him?? Then when through Owen...more
Paula  Phillips
Looking at the cover of this book , you could almost swear that it has that Outback Australian look to it or then again, it could be just me LOL. Though the girl on the cover does give a bit of a Jessica Biel look-a-like or is that just me as well. :)
Lucy's Kiss is one of those ideal reads for the women that love romance, bookshops , small towns and the art of Knitting. Lucy's Kiss is set in the heart of a small town called Cypress Hollow and follows the main character Lucy Harrison who owns a c...more
my God, I read some awful books for the sake of going to book clubs.
I tried to like this book. I really did. But it totally felt like a bad Harlequin Romance novel. Blech!
I laughed so much reading this book! Toots cracked me up and definitely made me think of my mom and her mother in certain things (though neither is into smudging, seances or some of the other stuff Toots is). This is only the second book of the series, and thus the second book of Herron's that I've read, but she really captures people and brings them to life on the page. I feel every emotion, big and small. I laugh, I cry, my heart aches. There is no doubt I'll be continuing on with this series!

Lucy’s book selling business in small -town Cypress Hollow, may be cooling down but her nights are heating up. Though not a risk taker, Lucy is happy in her cozy knitting nook, though she has seen many of her high school buddies branch out and take life by the horns. She was, that is, until an accident landed her in fate’s sneaky hands.

All of a sudden, Lucy’s carefully arranged, never shaken, very safe life, takes an unexpected turn with the rather dramati...more
I am not a reader of the romance genre--because it just doesn't work for me. Too redundant, too obvious what will happen and it takes waaayyy too many pages to get you what was going to happen that many pages ago.

So, why did I read this? Because I have been have been reading Rachael Herron's blog ( for years. She is a knitter, a very good writer and it has been really fun and interesting following her on her journey of dreaming of being an author to publishing her second book. When...more
I'm on the fence about giving this book 2 or 3 stars. No, I won't settle for a 2.5. Some details of this story are cute and charming, others are ridiculous and inconceivable.

I like some of supporting characters, namely Molly and Whitney. They are nothing if not consistent and always pretty supportive of Lucy, who needs all the help she can get. Also, I appreciate that this is a knitting-related story and that terms are scattered throughout the plot, even if Lucy does bust out her knitting at so...more
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Set in Cypress Hollow, the same fictional California town as Herron's first novel (How to Knit a Love Song), this book picks up a few years later and focuses on Lucy Harrison, who runs a bookstore in the town, and Owen Bancroft, her high-school bad-boy crush who has come back to town to care for his mother. The story starts with a crash, literally, and ends in triumph. Well, of course, it's a love story! The trip from start to finish, however, is as much about self-discovery as about finding lov...more
Lucy Harrison’s life was irrevocably changed and set when she kissed Cypress Hollow’s resident bad boy, Owen Bancroft. She may have been only seventeen, and he did leave the very next day . . . but that kiss proved to be the standard by which all of Lucy’s other kisses have been measured. And, unfortunately, Owen set the norm for men in her life who love her and leave her.

But that’s okay. Lucy has come to accept the fact that she will always be alone. She will find joy and happiness in running t...more
Manda B
May 10, 2011 Manda B rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of How to Knit a Love Song, and romance and/or knitting novels in general.
My edition is the Kindle ebook edition.

Fans of How to Knit a Love Song will be enchanted by Lucy, Owen, and even more characters from Cypress Hollow. I really love how the town and the close-knit (ha!) citizens are developing.

I may need to go back and read How to Knit a Love Song, but it seemed like there was even MORE knitting in this book than in the last one. Rachael Herron's passion for her day job also shines through in this installment (it did in the last one, too, but again, it just seem...more
Nicole Langan
Do men find women who knit sexy? In today's looks-based culture, it seems more believable in the comforting world of fiction. Rachael Herron champions the idea in How to Knit a Heart Back Home. Lucy Harrison is the plain Jane heroine following in the footsteps of her late grandmother. From operating her financially strapped bookstore to habitually wearing her threadbare, hand-knitted sweater, Lucy willingly submerges her own identity in that of the deceased. Her life in the small coastal Califor...more
I enjoyed this a pure escapist read. It's a quick and light and fun read.

As a knitter, I loved all the knitting! A town full of knitters, the wonderful and amazing Eliza Carpenter character (finding her lost papers and deciding what they would do with them was such a fun part of the book), and all the little knitting details (fingering a stitch marker in her pocket, needles jabbing her through her backpack).

It's the knitting that brought me to this book, because I'm not usually a big romance re...more
I received "How to Knit a Heart Back Home" as a Goodreads winning. It came in the mail, I started reading it that evening and didn't go to bed until it was done!
Lucy Harrison is a delightful main character with a family to match and the town of Cypress Hollow sounds like a place I'd really like to visit... Add a former love from High School who was the "bad boy" of the town, his Altheimer mother, the locals and the nosiness of a small town and you have a cozy place to spend some time!
This is...more

I would probably give this one 3.5 stars if I could. I really enjoyed this book, I loved the two main characters - Owen who is viewed by many as the bad boy and untrustworthy because of his father, but is actually just a normal guy. And Lucy - the girl who owns a bookstore in the seaside town who always does the right thing and plays it safe.

The only thing that stopped me from giving this 4 stars was the conflict in the middle of the book. Obviously there needed to be one but for me what occur...more
Cypress Hollow doings continue. In their 30s now, Lucy and Owen have been carrying torches for each other since high school. In fact, Lucy is sort of mired in HS drama. She is running her granny's book shop, just staying afloat, when Owen returns to Cypress Hollow to take care of his mom. He has been injured during police work, has to retire; and mom has Alzheimer's disease. When Owen brings some boxes of used romances to Lucy's shop to resell she buys them out of pity. What she finds in the bot...more
Jennifer Johnson
I read the author's last book and secretly enjoyed the indulgence. I read this hoping for a similar experience. My beef with this book is not that it's a romance novel but that it tries to be too many things.

Sometimes it's just best to stick to the romance formula. Here she tries to tell us what's going on with characters from her last book- (another car accident!?), tries to make more "liberated" females (admittedly this isnt a bad thing it just didn't suit what she was trying to write), crazy...more
The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars is because I save that rating for something that totally rocks my world and makes me think. In terms of books for entertainment 4 stars is my highest rating (strange inner logic I know!).

I really enjoyed this book, the fact that the male characters are more than your dull 2 dimensional romance novel characters always makes Rachael's work a pleasure to read. I also like the fact that although the book does include knitting it doesn't stuff it down your...more
Bec Whyte
In Australia this book is "Lucy's kiss" - and I really liked it. The characters were real, the descriptions took you places and the emotion matched your own.
It's hard for an author to do that but rachael nailed it!
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The knitting icons of Cypress Hollow have left behind a legacy in a town full of strong, independent, and loving young women. Lucy thinks herself fearful, but in reality she is as brave as they come, until it comes to change. Her little comfort zone is quite thoroughly crushed when Owen comes on the scene, and it is like a light blazes to life for Lucy as well as the reader. Owen is the wounded warrior and sexy bad boy that no woman can resist, and when he sets those gorgeous blue eyes on Lucy,...more
Teresa Scott
This is the first book I read by this author and I really enjoyed it, especially because I am a knitter.
I had a hard time thinking of this as the second book in the series. There were bits and pieces that tied into the first book (a lot about Eliza Carpenter) but I really felt like this book stood alone from the first book. I enjoyed the characters and thought Lucy's family was a lot of fun but I felt like I was just an observer throughout the book without getting completley pulled into the story and becoming part of it. So I enjoyed it but it was missing that extra something that pulled me in. I...more
Claire Delacroix
I met Rachael at RWA National this year, and had a funny feeling I knew her from somewhere. Turns out we were already friends on Ravelry and had had an interesting discussion about writing and publishing a year ago. When I realized she wrote knitlit, I had to read one of her books. This is fun contemporary romance, which has just the right balance of humor and emotion - and a knitting pattern in the back, too. I'll be heading back to Cypress Hollow again. I suspect that if you like my Coxwell Se...more
Wasn't expecting a romance, but cute story.
I won this book from Good Reads and was excited to read it since I was not familiar with the author. Thanks for selecting me to read it! It was a fun book to read and I enjoyed the blend of a small town romance, high-school loves, knitting and books.
Although the ending was not a surprise, there were a couple of twists and turns along the way and some interesting characters woven into the story.
I am planning to read more of Rachael's books and I may try to knit the sweater in the back (that is if...more
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Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series (HarperCollins/Random House Australia) and of the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). Her newest novel, Pack Up The Moon, will be available in March 2014 from Penguin (USA) and Random House Australia (NZ/AUST). Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College and is a 911 fire/medical dispatcher when sh...more
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